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Nigeria news: EU votes N9b for Niger delta development

The European  Commission  http://www.delnga.ec.europa.eu/ will soon commence the implementation of a new Micro Projects Programme (MPP 9) worth  €45.5Million or about N9.2b in nine states of the Niger Delta region

 

The objective of the programme is to accelerate social and economic development and to assist in resolving the conflicts in the Niger Delta region.

Towards its take off, a team of European Commission (EC) and federal government officials will visit Cross River State on June 18 to discuss the implementation of a new Micro Projects Programme in nine states of the Niger Delta region (MPP9).

 

Members of the team include Mr Denis Thieulin, the Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Delegation of the European Commission to Nigeria ; and Dr. Shamsudeen Usman, the Minister of National Planning. Others include Mrs. L.D Bagaiya, the Head of the International Development unit of the National Planning Commission (NPC); Mrs. Maryam Abdu, the Project Officer, Rural and Social Development (EC Delegation) and Mr Ibrahim Abubakar, the MPP9 Desk Officer.

The EC and government officials will hold talks with the Governor of Cross River State, Chief Liyel Imoke, and other officials on various issues regarding the micro projects programme. Specifically, the officials will use the opportunity to discuss, among other things, a Memorandum of Understanding with states on the implementation modalities with Local Government Areas (LGAs).

The European Union (EU) approved the MPP9 programme in September 2008, to support the Niger Delta Communities – after the successful conclusion of the earlier MPP3 and MPP6 programmes.

The aim of the project is to institute reforms, resulting in Local Government and State Authorities increasingly providing infrastructural services, income generating options, sustainable livelihoods development, gender equity and community empowerment, through offering models of transparency and participation.

The programme is financed under the 9th European Development Fund (EDF) and is supported by all the 27 EU Member States. It is managed by the National Planning Commission in partnership with the European Commission Delegation to Nigeria .

 

The programme will focus on supporting the reform processes of government to ensure a transparent and accountable poverty reduction process and thus enhancing effective and efficient service delivery to the citizenry at the grassroots.